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Old 02-03-2018, 05:13 AM   #1
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2-hour shakedown cruise bringing the bus back from getting a seat base installed,.. the driver's seat now moves rearward 2 feet, swivels 110 degrees, and raises up a foot or so, I lost a row of seats for clearance behind the drivers so she only carries 7 passengers now,
my first-time driving,.. liked how it went on the highway 70 mph, 2100 rpm, not sure gas mileage yet filled it for the first time (was on fumes) 80.00 fill up
now that it runs/starts reliably, I can get in and out of the driver's seat, I got a couple more (minor) issues to fix, and I will have a daily driver handicap bus.

just so I fit in here,.. the bus is getting an 18000 btu propane heater, a queen size air mattress, a 400-watt inverter, all of which will stow up over the driver's seat,.. so camping will be possible! that and a 10 pack of those survival blankets, I cant hike out if stuck in winter weather,.. so I guess I better be ready to camp and wait for help
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:04 AM   #2
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Congrats on the seating improvement.

May I suggest a quilt or two instead of space blankets. Mylar really isn't that warm.
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the driver's seat now moves rearward 2 feet, swivels 110 degrees, and raises up a foot or so,
Wow ! Nice. Post some pics, please.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:23 PM   #4
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the seat

easy to get out of now

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That's pretty cool. Is that air actuated?
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:40 PM   #6
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nope,.. electric motors and screws/gears,.. much like a normal power seat.
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Very clever. Your build IS proving to be very interesting. Thanks for documentng it so well.
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Old 02-03-2018, 04:25 PM   #8
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Thanks for the pictures !


I am designing my "throne" now and am welcome to innovative approaches. Yours, however, looks complex for sure. The moving-back 24" caught my attention. That looks like a Commercial solution.

Serta lift beds, dentist chairs and massage tables are all good sources for actuators. Solar has also given us many chinese choices.
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:57 PM   #9
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it's a b&d industries transfer seat base,.. that one was 1500.00 for the part(used)
then another 1000.00 for professional installation. not cheap but vital for my use of the bus,.. I really enjoyed being able to drive today even if it was just to go to the dump.
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